Shelby Township police boosting school presence
Partial response to the Newtown, Connecticut Sandy Hook Elementary shooting
A police agency in suburban Detroit's Macomb County says he's putting more officers in the schools this year in partial response to the attack that killed 20 children and six educators at a Connecticut elementary school.
The Macomb Daily of Mount Clemens reports that Shelby Township police Chief Roland Woelkers says his department will emphasize "community policing" that encourages officers to initiate more personal contacts and will put schools at the top of the list.
Woelkers says officers will meet principals and children and will check building security. The chief says he also plans to add a second liaison officer to work in elementary buildings.
The chief says he recently met with Utica schools Superintendent Christine Johns and her staff to discuss security.